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Hawley family papers

Identifier: L064

Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of Hawley family and professional correspondence. Included is correspondence with his family in Bridgeport, Connecticut while elder Ransom Hawley was a student at Auburn Seminary (1825-1828), as well as correspondence of Hawley and his wife in Indiana with their families in Bridgeport (1828-ca. 1880), and letters to his sons Henry and Ransom and daughter Lucy Ing. The collection also contains letters to Hawley from Presbyterian ministers and other church people in southern and central Indiana (1828-ca. 1880); letters and appointments from the Board of Missions of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church; the American Home Missionary Society; and the American Sunday School Union (1825-ca. 1860).

The collection also includes letters and correspondences from Ransom E. Hawley while at Wabash College (1862-1864), during the U.S. Civil War with the 133rd regiment in Alabama (1863), Lane Seminary (1867-1868), his churches (1868-1898), and letters from other Hawley family. Also included are Ransom Hawley’s journals of his work (1832-1836); list of his sermons (1837-1883); his travel journal for a trip from Bloomington to Bridgeport, Connecticut (1835); his memorandum book (1851). Ransom E. Hawley’s diaries (1867-1889); and a Hawley family scrapbook (1824-ca. 1885) containing articles on the American Home Missionary Society, John and Lucy Ing’s articles on missionary work in China and Japan, and documents and articles relating to Hawley’s church work.

Correspondents include Henry Ward Beecher, Benjamin Harrison, Edmund O. Hovey, Caleb Mills, Isaac Reed, and Andrew Wylie.


  • 1825-1889


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Ransom S. Hawley was born April 24, 1802. From a family of ministers, Hawley graduated from Auburn Theological Seminary, Auburn, New York in 1828. Hawley resided in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana but served as a Presbyterian missionary and minister in Indiana, serving at Washington, Daviess County (1828-1834), Bloomington, Monroe County (1834-1841), and Putnamville, Putnam County (1841-1879). Hawley had three children: Henry M., Ransom E., and Lucy.

Henry M. Hawley (1834-1914) was an employee of the Evansville and Crawfordsville Railroad Company in Terre Haute.

Ransom E. Hawley (b. 1844), a student at Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Montgomery County (1862-1865) and Lane Seminary, Cincinnati, Ohio (1867-1868). He served as a soldier in the 133rd Indiana Regiment (1863) during the American Civil War. Hawley became a Presbyterian minister like his father, and served in Cincinnati (1868-1873), Kentland, Newtown County, Indiana (1873-1874), Cleves, Ohio (1874-1880), Washington, Daviess County (1880-1888), Hastings and St. Paul, Minnesota (1888-ca. 1889), and Edinburgh, Johnson County, Indiana (1898).

Hawley’s daughter, Lucy (Hawley) Ing (1837-1881), was a teacher in Evansville, Vanderburgh County (1860s). She married missionary John Ing (1870) missionary and teacher in China (1870-1874) and Hirosaki, Japan (1874-1878).


2.6 Cubic Feet (8 manuscript boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Fairbanks Memorial Library on 1949/11/15.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Brent Abercrombie during June 2011. EAD finding aid revised 2020/09/25 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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